Growing up meant summers spent outside for me. Long days locked outside with no hope of returning home until the sun fell and my parents called us for dinner.
My brother and I spent those sweltering days in Maryland, Thailand and Korea coming up with ways to torment one another and sometimes even have fun together. From the fabled pine cone wars faux fought in the nearby woods, to endless games of tag, cops n' robbers and spotlight, we never ran out of things to do.
I can't pretend that children today have those same sorts of childhood experiences. Many spend their days inside watching TV, reading books and even playing video games. That's not a bad thing, but it does lack some of the sweaty charm of a day spent running with friends.
Here, mostly for my amusement, is a collection of games meant to be enjoyed outdoors. I've taken some of my favourite video games and tried to turn them into the sorts of games you play with friends on the lawn, in a park or anywhere there's space.
Included are homages to Katamari Damacy, Super Mario Bros. Pac-Man, Space Invaders, Frogger, and Metal Gear Solid. Enjoy, but don't blame me if you break something... even a sweat.
Instead of straining your eyes trying to read all of these, how about just downloading the PDFs instead? Katamari StickWithMe Pac-Tag Leapfrogger Dodge Space Invaders Metal Hear Hide and Sneak Super Hopscotch Bros.
Images remixed by Kotaku. Originals by Eleanor Campbell, Keith Ward and Robert Childress.
Dodge Space Invaders
Metal Gear Hide and Sneak
Super Hopscotch Bros. Part 1
Super Hopscotch Bros. Part 2